Warrior: Learn to Endure or Hire a Bodyguard Season 2, Ep 1
Cinemax's Warrior gets a second chance at finding an audience on HBO Max. It's a diverse historical drama focused on Chinese immigrants to late 19th century San Francisco! It's an adrenaline-charged fictionalization of the Tong Wars! It's the dream project of the last Bruce Lee as finally realized by Fast and Furious series director Justin Lin! It's a bloody two-fisted actioner with breathlessly choreographed kung-fu and hatchet fights! It's the best show you’re not watching (The Ringer). [more inside]
Now here's a koan for you. What is a movie named? Is it what it was released and promoted as, or what the dang thing actually says its title is right there on the screen? This movie, called Circle of Iron in theaters, on posters and in the IMDB, is everywhere within it titled "The Silent Flute." This movie, which was attached to Bruce Lee for a while, is a silly pseudo-intellectual fighting/wandering/picaresque/D&D quest kind of thing, about a shirtless guy named "Cord," (Jeff Cooper) traveling the shirtless wilderness searching for "Zeetan," (Christopher Lee) a guy who supposedly has a book of knowledge, while guided and opposed by various people all played by David Carradine. While it definitely has its problematic aspects, it's still MST Club approved! [more inside]
Warrior: If You're Going to Bow, Bow Low Season 1, Ep 10
Ah Sahm rethinks his place in San Francisco; Big Bill waits for Lee; Zing and the Fung Hai debate positions with Mai Ling; Dylan Leary brings some friends to negotiate with Bryon Mercer, while Penny has a look at his books. [Season Finale] [more inside]
Warrior: Chinese Boxing Season 1, Ep 9
Chinatown gathers to witness a "prize fight" between elite warriors from the Hop Wei and Long Zii. Buckley and Mercer discuss wages, while Bill and Lee question Wang Chao about the recent series of sword killings in San Francisco. "Sometime white people kill white people, no?" [more inside]
Warrior: They Don't Pay Us Enough to Think Season 1, Ep 8
The Hop Wei and Long Zii consider a novel way to end hostilities. Ah Toy and her real-estate business partner, Leonard Patterson, find a new obstacle to their latest land purchase. After promising jobs to Leary's Irish workers, Mercer toasts Crestwood at a fundraiser, while Penny struggles to hold her tongue. Mai Ling warns her brother against waging a battle he may not win. [more inside]
Warrior: The Tiger and the Fox Season 1, Ep 7
Ah Sahm faces a dilemma when Father Jun sends Bolo to hunt down Long Zii and Mai Ling. Ah Toy takes on a business partner for a large deal. Penny is faced with an unsavory choice in order to save her home. Lee's past catches up with him.
Warrior: Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On Season 1, Ep 6
An assassination attempt leads to escalating tensions between the Hop Wei and Long Zii tongs.
Warrior: The Blood and the Sh*t Season 1, Ep 5
Transporting precious cargo via stagecoach through the Sierra Nevada, Ah Sahm and Young Jun are forced to spend the night with three strangers at a frontier saloon in the middle of nowhere. The detour turns perilous when a notorious outlaw, Harlan French, shows up with his henchmen, looking for a lucrative payday. [more inside]
Warrior: The White Mountain Season 1, Ep 4
Big Bill finds himself compromised by his gambling excesses, but discovers a possible solution after an opium-den raid. Penny reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake, who's determined to show voters he won't tolerate San Francisco's "Yellow Peril." [more inside]
Warrior: John Chinaman Season 1, Ep 3
Accused of assault and perhaps worse, Ah Sahm gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, with his fate in the hands of an unexpected ally. Buckley talks to Mai Ling about straining the relationship between the Long Zii and Hop Wei, while Leary pressures gentleman industrialist Byron Mercer, Penny's father, to hire his men for the cable-car track job.
Warrior: There's No China in the Bible Season 1, Ep 2
Intercepting a shipment of opium at the docks, Young Jun, with Ah Sahm and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo in tow, decides to send a message to Long Zii. Big Bill and Lee investigate a grisly murder scene in an alley next to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake, the young wife of San Francisco's mayor, finds herself in a bind while visiting the wharf with her Chinese manservant, Jacob. Ah Sahm pays a steep price for playing the hero. The Long Zii clean up a mess, and brace for more bloodshed.
Warrior: The Itchy Onion Season 1, Ep 1
Based on an unproduced* pitch by the late Bruce Lee, Warrior is a martial arts/Western/historical fiction series set during the Tong Wars in San Francisco in the late 1800s. Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown. Produced by Shannon Lee (Lee's daughter), Justin Lin (the Fast and the Furious series, Star Trek Beyond), and Jonathan Trooper (Banshee). [more inside]
A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother. [more inside]
Cult Film Club: Recruited by an intelligence agency, outstanding martial arts student Bruce Lee participates in a brutal karate tournament hosted by the evil Han. Along with champions Roper and Williams, he uncovers Han's white slavery and drug trafficking ring located on a secret island fortress. In the exciting climax, hundreds of freed prisoners fight in an epic battle with Lee and Han locked in a deadly duel. [more inside]
The Bruce Lee classic. [more inside]
Cowboy Bebop: Stray Dog Strut Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Spike and Jet's new bounty is a man named Abdul Hakim, who is wanted for stealing a briefcase with a lab subject in it. He won't be easy to spot, especially when he attempts to hide his identity. [more inside]